Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sweden to Morocco

Time to hit the road again and enjoy another adventure with our Land Rover. Our goal was to drive to Morocco and to see the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert beyond the mountains. We drove quickly to the Mediterranean through Denmark, Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Italy.

The Alfred Nobel House in San Remo, Italy.

The Casino in Monaco.

With the Lenander family in Le Predet, France.

Sunflowers in Provence, the Roman amphitheater in Arles, the Roman aqueduct in Pont du Gard.

We visited our Dutch travel friends Marcel and Nelly at their guest house outside Foix, France.

We touched the clouds in beautiful Andorra.

Spain was a delight. We focused on the high plateau, and the weather was perfect. Our first stop was Soria, where we stumbled upon a bull run. Very exciting!

Segovia is a gem, with its 2000 years old Roman aqueduct, its fairytale castle and its cathedral and narrow streets.

We did a lot of wild-camping in the beautiful countryside. People are very friendly. And we could follow in the footsteps of Don Quijote.

Back in 2008, we named our Land Rover “Alhambra”. It means “the red house” in Arabic, and we thought it was an appropriate name for our red mobile home. Now we had the chance to visit the real Alhambra – the Moorish fort/castle complex in Granada, Spain. It is touristic, but definitely worth a visit.

We visited our Dutch travel friends Ilco and Anna, with kids Bloem, Chaia and Dunya in their home outside Montefrio. Ilco is a photographer and peace activist. Anna writes children books. What a wonderful family! Read more on

Continuing south towards Morocco, we visited the British colony of Gibraltar, an odd place with a lot of charm (and monkeys). To get into Gibraltar, we had to drive across the airfield. And then we got a special permission to drive all the way to the top of “The Rock”. Wow!

Our final stop on the European continent was on the beach outside Tarifa. We could see Africa on the other side of the Gibraltar strait. There was an air of adventure.

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